Michael and Gabriel Bell, the father-son swordsmithing duo of Dragonfly Mountain were interviewed live on All Business Media FM February 1st, 2018. Catch the archive recording at the link below:
Monday March 26 – Friday, March 30 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 1 – Kajioshi Course
Saturday, April 7 – Sunday, April 8: Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA) Knife Show in Eugene, Oregon
Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 22 – Advanced Katana Forging Course
Monday, May 14 – Friday, May 18 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21 – Introduction to Forging Bi-metal Woodworking Tools
Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
Saturday, June 30 – Sunday, July 1 – Habaki Course
Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3 – Kajioshi/Habaki Combo-Course
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10 – Koshirae/Shirasaya (Scabbard & Handle) Course
Saturday, August 11 – Sunday, August 12 – Tsuka-maki (Handle-wrapping) Course
Monday, September 3 – Friday, September 7 – Forging the Working Knife
Monday, October 1 – Friday, October 5 – Basic Japanese Sword Forging Course
Marcus Ranum, who attended our Basic Forging Course last October, shared his experience as a student at Tomboyama through a day-by-day journal of the class.
His descriptions and photos provide an excellent peek at the 5-day swordsmithing processes taught at Dragonfly Forge to transform a section of wire rope into a wakizashi, a Japanese-style short sword. He also touches upon the frustrations and triumphs of learning completely new skills. Marcus also shares the secret to swordsmithing: hard work.
Thank you Marcus for documenting your time with us and sharing it.
Tomboyama is proud to announce that it’s very own assistant swordsmithing instructor, Gabriel Bell, will be competing in the upcoming season finale of History Channel’s hit show Forged in Fire. Forged in Fire Season 3 Episode 16 will air on Tuesday, February 14th 7pm EST on History Channel. The episode titled “Redemption” will be Gabriel’s second appearance on the show.
Forged in Fire has been a hit show for History Channel and continues to set viewership records. Its popularity got it renewed for a fourth season and is great indicator of the growing enthusiasm in the techniques and traditions of swordsmithing.
We invite our dear alumni, friends and family to tune in and join us as we cheer him on. If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, Gabriel is hosting a live episode viewing party that night (Februrary 14th) at Shut Up And Eat restaurant on SE Gladstone. Food and Drinks are available. And yes, kids are welcome! Best of luck Gabe!
Monday March 27 – Friday, March 31 – Basic Forging Course
Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 2 – Kajioshi Course
Saturday, April 8 – Sunday, April 9: Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA) Knife Show in Eugene, Oregon
Monday, April 17 – Friday, April 21 – Basic Forging Course
Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 23 – Habaki Course
Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19 – Intermediate Forging Course
Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21 – Kajioshi Course
Monday, May 29 – Friday, June 2 – Kajioshi-Habaki Combo-Course
Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30 – Basic Forging Course
Saturday, July 1 – Sunday, July 2 – Kajioshi Course
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 – Basic Forging Course
Saturday, July 29 – Sunday, July 30 – Habaki Course
Monday, August 21 – Friday, August 25 – Koshirae Course
Saturday, August 26 – Sunday, August 27 – Tsuka-maki (Handle-wrapping) Course
Monday, September 4 – Friday, September 8 – Basic Forging Course
Saturday, September 9 – Sunday, September 10 – Kajioshi Course
Monday, October 2 – Friday, October 6 – Basic Forging Course
Saturday, October 7 – Sunday, October 8 – Habaki Course
March 14th, at 7pm PST, Michael and Gabriel Bell of Dragonfly Forge will be the featured speakers of “Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire: The Art and Science of the Japanese Sword” at Linfield College in Mcminnville, Oregon. The panel discussion will include Tianbo Xao, professor of physic, Brian Winkenwder, professor of art history, Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese, and Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza, professor of philosophy. The event will be held in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.
The event is free and open to the public. The lecture will also be live streamed from those unable to attend. Link to follow soon.
Our radio segment on the Jefferson Exchange, March 8th, 2016, with Geoffrey Riley is available for listening on the JPR website.